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7 Melbourne Experience Gifts for Blokes

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by EricaL (subscribe)
Freelance writer. Editor of: melbourne.kidtown.com.au
Published July 11th 2016
Goodbye pointless gifts, hello experience of a lifetime
Let's be honest, buying gifts for blokes can be tricky. Socks, jocks and BBQ cutlery sets don't always cut it.

Good people of Melbourne, stop trawling the internet for pointless bloke presents, when your home city offers something much better; the gift of an experience.

The excitement of opening a physical gift is one thing, but the gift of an experience goes a much further. Offer your bloke or male friend the chance to take-away a long lasting memory, with one of the following 6 Melbourne experience gifts for blokes.

1. Escape Rooms

If you've not heard of an escape room experience before, think of it as a thrilling live puzzle game.

Book a team into one of Melbourne's many Escape Room's and you are all locked inside for a period of time (usually 60-70 minutes), in which you must work together to solve puzzles to eventually 'escape'.

Escape rooms in Melbourne
Escape rooms in Melbourne


Although this may seem scary for some, there are plenty of Melbourne folk who relish in such experiences.

Find out more by jumping on one of the following Melbourne escape room websites: Escape Rooms Melbourne, Rush Escape Games, Exitus Escape Room, Trapt, and The Escape Hunt Experience.

2. Rally Car Drive

If your bloke loves cars, then it's fair to say, he'll love the gift of a Rally Driving Experience in Melbourne. Drives take place on a rally dirt track in Werribee, where your bloke will get behind the wheel of Impreza WRX or Lancer Evo. After 8 laps, he will sit back and hang on while a professional hops behind the controls for a final thrilling lap.


Book your bloke on a half-day or full-day rally driving course in the Australian Rally Championship 4WD Turbos with Adrenaline.

3. Shark Dive Xtreme or Penguin Passport at Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium

Who says you need to fly to South Australia to experience a shark dive? If your bloke enjoys scary but exciting experiences with nature's deadliest, he can join a shark dive right here in Melbourne.

Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium offers Shark Dive Xtreme; the city's only opportunity to enjoy the underwater habitat of one of the world's most frightening and toothiest critters.

No dive experience is necessary, plus you can enjoy your bloke's experience with him, viewing his swim with the sharks from the underwater viewing tunnel.


If sharks don't float his boat, you could consider booking your bloke onto a King Penguin experience, instead.

For more information on the Shark Dive Xtreme, head to Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium's website.

4. Aussie Brewery Tour

Book your bloke onto a Melbourne Urban Beer Odyssey Tour with Aussie Brewery Tours and he'll be laughing all the way to the pub.

This particular tour hits 4-5 urban breweries around Melbourne's inner suburbs. Tastings include interesting flavoured beers (bacon beer anyone?), refreshing ales, crisp lagers, aged ales, single batch brews and more.

Beer Tours Melbourne
Beer tours


There's a stop for lunch, which is welcomed when the day commences around 10am to 10:50am and drop-off takes place between 6pm 7pm.

Other tours include Yarra Valley Cider and Ale Trails, Mornington Peninsula Beer Adventures and the Urban Beer Odyssey Night Tours. More info HERE.

5. Ghost Tours of Melbourne

If your bloke enjoys the mysteries of the supernatural world, why not book him onto one of the many ghost tours operated around Melbourne.

Lantern Ghost Tours
Lantern Ghost Tours


Uncover the haunts of Melbourne's most historic properties, by joining one of the following organised ghost tours:


6. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

Reserve your foodie bloke a table at one of the city's most sought after restaurants at Crown; Dinner by Heston Blumenthal.

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal


British chef Heston Blumenthal, famed for his inventive, artistic cuisine seen on his TV show Heston's Feasts, opened his Melbourne restaurant last year.

Although your bloke won't see the famous chef in action, he will get to taste Heston's modern menu, inspired by the rich gastronomic history of The Royal Courts of Britain, dating back as far as the 13th century.

Book as far in advance as possible, because as you can imagine, tables at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal book out very quickly. Book HERE.

7. Street Art Tour

Street art in Melbourne goes way beyond graffiti in Hosier Lane, afterall, there's a reason why Melbourne is known as one of the top cities for street art in the world.

Treat your bloke to a street art tour with Melbourne Street Tours; the only street art tour group in Australia run by street artists.

Melbourne Street Tours
Melbourne Street Tours


Street art tours uncover the cities hidden laneways and arcades, and identify who the artists of the street works are and the technical aspects are involved in spray painting, stencil art and paste-ups.

Head to Melbourne Street Tours for more information.

Tell us your Melbourne experience gift ideas

What have we missed? Can you add to the list of Melbourne experience gifts for blokes? If so, leave a suggestion in the comments, we'd love to hear from you.
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Experiences make a really thoughtful gift. Good round up of possibilities Erica.
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|4061) 980 days ago
There is also Jet Flight Simulatorhttp://www.jetflightsimulatormelbourne.com.au/
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|6160) 977 days ago
Congratulations winning third place.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12245) 971 days ago
Congratulations on winning a third prize.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|6160) 972 days ago
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